In 2010, the Supreme Court decimated a century of legal precedent in campaign finance with a single ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. The ruling solidified a constitutional right to free speech for corporations and in doing so opened our elections to a floodgate of special interest money funneled through the now infamous ‘Super-PACs.’ Despite the Supreme Court’s assurance that such a decision would not lead to corruption, we know otherwise. Forced to solicit ever more funds to win election, our state and federal legislators are bought by the highest bidder before they even enter office.
But if corporate America and big-moneyed interests think that the American people are going to sit around silently as our policy making becomes even more beholden to those who can write the largest check, they have another thing coming. Since Citizens United citizens groups have sprung up all over the country calling for a Constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling. 65 cities and towns in Massachusetts have passed resolutions calling for a Constitutional amendment. New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Montana, and Hawaii have all passed similar resolutions. The Massachusetts state legislature is geared to pass a resolution later this session (S.772). 22 State Attorney Generals cosigned a brief in support of Montana’s continued ban on corporate money in elections (See American Tradition Partnership Inc. v. Bullock).
Together with Move to Amend, the Coffee Party, MoveOn, and others, Common Cause Massachusetts is spearheading a ballot question campaign to demonstrate the overwhelming support for a Constitutional amendment in Massachusetts. If we collect enough signatures to put the question on the 2012 ballot, millions of Massachusetts voters can vote YES in support of a Constitutional amendment.
Please join us in our signature collection effort. The July 3 deadline is quickly approaching and we need a last minute push to get this question on the ballot.
This Sunday June 17 and next Saturday June 23 we 5 locations set up for signature collection throughout the Boston area (locations in other regions TBA next week). Volunteers are to meet at the below listed locations on both dates at 10am. Materials and a brief on-site training will be provided.
Enacting a Constitutional amendment will not be easy. But if we all work together we can make it a reality. I look forward to working with you to make sure Massachusetts’s voice is heard.
For more information: http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8089549 or contact Common Cause State Field Director Tyler Creighton at 617-426-9600.
Sunday June 17 and Saturday June 23 at 10am:
Brookline: Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St.
Cambridge: Trader Joe’s, 727 Memorial Drive
South Boston: Broadway Stop and Shop, 713 East Broadway
South End: Blackstone Square, intersection of Shawmut Ave and W. Newton St.
Jamaica Plain: J.P.Licks, 659 Centre St.